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Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital or a doctor provides substandard care or neglects to accurately diagnose a patient’s health condition, which in turn causes the illness to progress and get worse or possibly even result in a brand new ailment or injury. In some cases, malpractice is a result of the physician not being thorough enough. A doctor make lack thoroughness if he or she does not run appropriate testing on a patient or fails to complete a detailed medical evaluation. Rarely is medical malpractice obvious. To the contrary, most malpractice cases involve very complex medical issues which require detailed analysis and evaluation. You must be able to prove that the physician or other professional failed to deliver the standard of care that any reasonably competent Pennsylvania or New Jersey professional would provide.
Accidents happen. People are injured. Too often, it’s not their fault. Instead, it’s been caused by someone else’s acts or failure to act. This is called recklessness or negligence. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, you may have a long road to recovery. During this time of crisis and financial stress, you need a strong advocate on your side. The Merritt Law Firm will help injured people obtain compensation, medical care, rehabilitation services, and replacement income. We are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to success — because we know the difference that serious results can make in our clients’ lives.
Family Law - Child Support, Child Custody, Divorce
Whether you are going through a divorce or trying to resolve a conflict involving children, the attorney you choose will play a significant role in the outcome of your case. You want an attorney who is dedicated to protecting your financial and parental rights with the experience to manage your case effectively. We offer a full-service family law practice. We are pleased to assist clients in these and other family law matters that range from, Divorce, Property Division, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support and Spousal Support / Alimony, Modifications to Child Custody and Visitation, Motions to Enforce Court Orders, Adoption, Paternity, Relocation within State or to another State and Name Changes.
Estate Planning - Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney
The net worth sum of your personal assets is considered your estate. Estate planning is essential to ensure that these personal assets are handled properly when you are no longer there to help control them. Whether you want to make sure that particular people receive items of your personal property, or you are concerned about the right person handling your estate, The Merritt Law Firm is able to help you with all of your future needs.
Employment discrimination takes many forms. Sometimes it’s sexual harassment or race discrimination. It can be age discrimination, or discrimination based on religion or national origin. Women who do the same work as men are protected by equal pay laws, and women have certain rights when they are pregnant. Workers with disabilities also have rights, as do workers who must take time off for illness, or to care for a family member. Workers sometimes suffer retaliation because they exercised their rights under the law. If you make a claim of discrimination, you have the right to be free from retaliation by your employer. If you exercise your right to file a claim for worker’s compensation, your employer cannot take action against you. And, if you blow the whistle on the illegal conduct of your employer, you should be protected.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
When you have been involved in an accident and injured in a way that affects your ability to work or live as you normally would, you will face costs you may not have thought of. Considering medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and perhaps emotional distress, the impact on your life – financial and otherwise – can be overwhelming. Insurance companies focus first and foremost on protecting their own profits. Before you speak with anyone, consult with an injury attorney at our office so that you informed of your rights. Many injuries seem minor at first, and may require treatment in the coming weeks or months. Regardless of how minor you believe your injuries are, it is important to seek medical care. Sometimes injuries such as a neck strains or concussions may become much more serious over time. Our attorneys can advise you about any and all damages you may be able to recover including hospital/doctor costs, psychological or physical therapy, future medical expenses, medication, lost income (and future income in some cases), and more.
If you’ve been injured or a close family member has died in a workplace accident, you should always consult an attorney, rather than simply accepting the limited benefits available through Workers’ Comp. The Merritt Law Firm is well equipped to help you get the full value of all your accident-related damages. We are a highly focused firm of dedicated personal injury trial lawyers who know how to look deeply into a workplace accident to identify all parties that might have liability for your accident. We are aggressive in our approach to every case we sign on and are deeply committed to bringing in a large enough settlement or trial verdict to cover all of your damages, including those that affect your quality of life.
From the moment a person is accused of committing a crime and even before he or she is arrested or formally charged, a criminal defense lawyer can intervene to ensure that law enforcement does not violate the person's rights in any way. By hiring a criminal lawyer, this ensures that a person does not fall victim to an unreasonable search and seizure or an arrest when there is insufficient evidence to warrant this.